Gettysburg, Pa. Three Confederate prisoners – Library of Congress
When we last checked in with W.C. Penland he seemed kinda down but still determined to fulfill his duty. He was sick with a bad cold, he spoke of deserters, and a friend who thought the counties of Clay and Macon had forgotten him.
Today’s letter was written just a few days after the last one I shared.
Washington County East Tenn
March 12, 1863
I seat myself this morning to write you a few lines to let you know that I am well hoping that these few lines will find you and all of the family well we come in from the Greasy Cove yesterday to Johnson Depot there has been a good deal of rain here lately and the waters are very high we aimed to go to Zollicoffer but we can not get there until the water falls I was sorry to hear of Uncle Maturnic Moores death but it is a debt we all have to pay and there gone where there is no more war and distress there the health of our company is tolerable good at this time James Crawford is a little better the last time I heard from him I do think that he ought to have a furlough but he can not get it all I do not think it is said that he started to go home which I expect he did but it was when the small pox was reported to be in camp he met some of the boys and came back willingly he had been sick for a long time and was very timid and easy excited the doctor Moore signed a fourlough but the Colonel would not allow it Uncle Wyly has resigned his Surgeonship because he and the Colonel could not get along together he was very well liked by nearly all of the men I was not in camp when he started I want you to make me some mixed Jeans to make me a coat my coat is worn out and either make me a coat and send it by the first chance or send me the Jeans and I will have it made I do not care which if you make it the same fashion as Capt Moores as you can I do not want any other clothes a the present I must bring my few lines to a close at present but remain your affectionate son as ever
William C Penland
Address Zollicoffer East Tenn
65 NC Regt B
Things I noticed in this letter:
- W.C. was feeling better.
- He wrote: “I was sorry to hear of Uncle Maturnic Moores death but it is a debt we all have to pay and there gone where there is no more war and distress there” sounds like he had witnessed enough pain to know death would have it’s benefits compared to fighting in the war.
- He used the word Jeans-like cloth.
Hope you’ll leave me a comment with your thoughts about the letter.